The day after reaching Base Camp, we woke at 3:30am for a sunrise walk up Kala Patthar. I was starting to come down with some throat infection (that I still haven’t entirely got rid of), and that combined with the effects of altitude and general tiredness made me almost decide against getting up and just stay in my sleeping bag instead. Thankfully, I knew I would regret that, so I dragged my aching, ill body out of bed, put my head torch on and by 4am was beginning the challenging walk up to the summit.
Climbing Kala Patthar was probably the hardest hike I’d ever done. The extreme fatigue from oxygen deprivation and being ill made walking more than a crawl a chore, especially up the steep slopes of Kala Patthar. The problem was, the temperature before sunrise was probably easily -10, making walking slowly or stopping for a rest (two things I felt constantly compelled to do!) quite painful.
It goes without saying that, despite a fairly uncomfortable 2 1/2 hour walk, it was more than worth it. Seeing Everest lit by moonlight and watching the sun break over Ama Dablam are two memories that aren’t going to fade. Sitting on the summit for any length of time was hard, especially on the fingers and toes, which throbbed with pain from the cold. Nevertheless I managed to get a few snaps and take in the incredible atmosphere for about ten minutes before finally making my way back down and back towards Pheriche. A very tough day, but I’d do it again.
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Lt Gen Silveria dropping bombs of truth on all the so called "Americans" who claim to love country while hating everyone in it. This, just as they introduce the articles for Impeachement. Sometimes I get a gleam in my eye, a sense of hope that maybe Americans will get through these times. #getout